Three Roman Catholic churches in Sri Lanka were attacked by suicide bombers on Easter Sunday.
Five other seemingly coordinated explosions took place across the country in four luxury hotels, where guests were enjoying their Easter brunch, and in a separate location in the capital city of Colombo, including in a housing complex.
Three-hundred people were killed and nearly 500 others were wounded by nine suicide bombers.
Sri Lankan officials have announced that an Islamic extremist group known as National Thowheeth Jama’ath are responsible for the attack. But the government has also admitted they were informed of a possible attack by intelligence officials 10 days ago, but they did not respond adequately.
It is unclear what precautions if any the Sri Lankan government took after learning about the possible attack.
Though this group is local to Sri Lanka, security officials are worried about the complexity and sophistication of the attacks, believing them to have possible international ties. (RELATED: Danish Billionaire Loses 3 Children In Sri Lanka Easter Attack)
Though tourist attractions and the police were targeted in this attack, this is believed to have been an attack directly targeting Christians on one of the holiest days in the Christian faith.
This attack comes during a period of great distress to the Christian community with the partial burning of the Norte Dame in Paris last week, an arson attack on St. Peter’s Cathedral in New York City along with three attacks of arson on churches in Louisiana.
Reports this week of a new terrorist organization out of Northern Ireland, who are being deemed the “New I.R.A” had violent clashes with police in the streets of Derry, shooting and killing a young journalist last week on the eve of the anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement.
Tune in to see the turmoil Christians worldwide have been enduring the last several weeks.